Posted November 04, 2013

Arkansas AD Jeff Long not pursuing Texas job

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Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long will chair the College Football Playoff selection committee. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Arkansas AD Jeff Long will chair the College Football Playoff selection committee. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said Sunday evening that he is not pursuing the same job at Texas.

Reports have linked Long to the Longhorns’ search for an AD to replace the retiring DeLoss Dodds. Chuck Carlson of the Dallas Morning News reported Sunday that Long was among three candidates — along with West Virginia AD Oliver Luck and Arizona State AD Steve Patterson — scheduled to interview with the Texas search committee.

Later in the evening, Long addressed the rumors via Twitter and a statement:

“I’m proud to be a Vice Chancellor and the Director of Athletics at the U of A. Further, I’m not seeking a position or engaged in the search process of another University. Chancellor Gearhart is a tremendous leader and a man of high integrity; it is a privilege to work for & with him. I have also great appreciation for the support of President Bobbitt & our Board of Trustees. Together we’ve made critically important decisions to advance our athletics program during my time with the U of A and will have more in the future. I am excited to lead this program and am energized by the prospects of providing the student-athletes and coaches. the facilities and resources they need to compete and excel at the SEC and national levels. Thanks for your support of the Hogs.”

Long, who has held the position at Arkansas since 2008, recently was named the chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee for 2014.

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Reports have Luck rated as the heavy favorite for the Texas job, and an announcement could be made shortly after the Longhorns’ football game at West Virginia on Saturday. Luck is also a member of the CFP selection committee.


3 comments
Cougarblue
Cougarblue

I wish SI had the cajones to be honest whenever we play the "Who Will it Be" game. When you hear Stave Patterson or Mr Long release the axe kissing word to the alums on how they just have no interest in any other job but the world's best position they alrready fill, it means one thing has taken place. They were rejected by the committee for the job they sought. I've been involved in a few searches on a university athletic scene and when you have taken a person's name off your list for further investigation and interview you normally give the rejected candidate three days to release their own statement smoothing the roughened feathers back home. Any ethical university asks for permission to speak to your coach or AD, so it's well known among the dollared alums that your boy is sniffing the flowers on down the lane. Of course there is an out you can use at first, you let your agent do all the face work and hold all the conversations, so no one at home need learn of your disloyalty. Patterson tired this approach, until he was rejected.

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

Why would UT be interested in this Bozo?  He's horrible, he made poor decisions hiring both Petrino and Bielema.  Ark will regret not hiring Malzahn for the next 20 years!!!

Listening
Listening

Why in hell would Texas want this guy from Ar-Kansas???????